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We are looking into booking a family vacation on the Caribbean Princess this summer but are concerned with the sleeping arrangements. The description for a 'oceanview balcony' lists 2 twin beds that can be pushed together. Where are my 2 kids going to sleep? The picture in the brochure shows a king bed & a desk/chair in the room. We would really appreciate your help!
As another poster noted, some of the standard cabins -- both with and without balconies have upper berths that may fold against the bulkhead or lift into the overhead. Your cabin steward will do this for you, so don't worry about it.
That said, I have to agree that any standard cabin would be rather cramped if occupied by four people, whether it has a balcony or not, regardless of the age of the children. Nonetheless, there are several other options.
>> 1. A minisuite or, if you can swing it, a small full suite would provide more room. These cabins also have a table and chairs where your children can play games or do other activities if they wish. If you opt for this arrangement, the "third" and "fourth" berths probably will be a queen size sofa bed in the cabin's sitting area so you might want to consider putting the children in the main beds, made up as twins, and Mom and Dad in the sofabed.
>> 2. If your children are teenagers or nearly so, you could book them in a separate inside cabin near your balcony cabin. The only real drawback to this arrangement is that you will pay the regular fare rather than the reduced fare for third and fourth berths for your children. The catch is that your children need to be mature enough to stay by themselves in a completely separate cabin.
>> 3. Adjoining cabins also would be a viable option, though once again this means paying the regular fare rather than the reduced "upper berth" fare for the children. If cost is an issue, you probably can get adjoining inside cabins for about the same total cost as a balcony cabin with third and fourth berths occupied. And if the children are small, they should not be in a balcony cabin -- where they might get out onto the balcony and start climing on or through the rails without your knowledge -- in any case. The additional space of this arrangement probably would enhance your cruise a lot more than a balcony!
Anyway, your call. Have a great cruise, whatever you decide!